The Relationship Between Terrorism and Liberal Democratic States

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This paper examines the relationship between terrorism and liberal democracy because there is a link between terrorism and liberal democracy. In other words terrorism, whether national or international, is operating in liberal democratic societies and has been one of the major problems of liberal democratic governments since the 1960s. Further, one particular aspect of this relationship will be highlighted in this paper, that is, the legitimacy of both liberal democracy and terrorism. The core discussion revolves around the question; does a liberal government have legitimate authority to put some limitations on ‘human rights’ and ‘basic western values’ for the sake of preventing and combating terrorism? If the answer is yes, to what extent does the government do so? So far, we have noticed that many Western liberal governments have changed their counter terrorism laws. In these laws, some argue that there is violation of human rights which is more important than the prevention policies. It is clear that there is no need to limit the western liberal values since these are not a weakness of liberal democracy. The weakness is not using security forces and technological development properly in prevention and combating of terrorism.



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